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World Lion Day 2022: History and Significance of the day

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Aug 10, 2022 11:01 AM

Read Time: 2 minute

Every year on August 10, an international event is held to preserve and protect the world's remaining lion species. Lions are on the verge of extinction, so it is critical to raise awareness of the lion's plight and the issues that lions face in the wild.

Big cats, including lions, are carnivores who only eat meat. As a result, they are at the top of the food chain, where they play an important ecological role by regulating prey populations, which are primarily large mammal herbivores. Without the lions, our delicate ecosystem would suffer greatly.

What is World Lion Day?

World Lion Day, also known as lion day, is an annual international event that takes place on August 10. The goal of this day is to educate people about lions and their habitats, as well as to raise awareness about the need to preserve and protect the world's lions. The lion is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature).

World Lion Day has three goals. The first step is to raise public awareness about the problems that lions face in the wild. The second goal is to figure out how to protect the jungle's king, the Lion. The final goal is to educate people who live near the jungle about the dangers of lions and how to protect themselves without killing them.

History of World Lion Day

In 2013, a couple dedicated to the preservation and protection of lions organised the first World Lion Day. After noticing that the global lion population has significantly decreased. The Jouberts graciously asked "National Geographic" for assistance. In 2009, the couple launched the Big Cat Initiative (B.C.I.) in collaboration with National Geographic.

The National Geographic Big Cats Initiative's main goal was to protect and preserve the world's remaining lion species. The partnership's goal is to protect lions in their natural habitat. In addition, the Big Cat 
Initiative promotes safety by educating people on how to protect themselves without killing lions.

Significance of World Lion Day

Lions lived in their natural habitat across Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East approximately 4 million years ago. However, loins could now be found in only two places: Africa and Asia. On the Red List of Threatened Species, the lion is classified as endangered. There are approximately 30,000 to 100,000 lions left on the planet today.

Lion populations have nearly halved in the last few decades. As a result, World Lion Day provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the most majestic species and their natural habitat. This day also aimed to raise awareness about how we can help to conserve and preserve the lion species.

Lions – with the scientific name Panthera Leo – are the second largest cat in the world after tigers. Lions are mega beasts or kings of the jungle; they love to live on grasslands and in an open- healthy environment. So, if we try to conserve nature or natural resources, ultimately, we can contribute to the conservation of lions.

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